Monitoring and keeping track of your aquarium’s parameters, equipment, livestock, and maintenance is paramount to keeping a successful reef (or any type) tank. But how do you keep track it all? You can of course keep a log book but if you are considering bringing your tank documentation and monitoring into the 21st century, we’ve compiled a list of free and fee software, web based, and controller system options you can research that can help you record, track, and monitor
Marine biologists and engineers have developed a massive Exosuit designed for ocean depths down to 1,000 feet. The suit weighs 530 lbs. The Exosuit takes is maiden journey this July, when it will be used to take samples and conduct imaging studies of the life in “The Canyons,” a region off the New England coast where the continental shelf plunges to depths of more than 10,000 feet. more at livescience.com
Psammogorgia hookeri is a new coral species that has been collected by scuba divers from rocky ledges in Peru’s Paracas National Reserve. The corals’ hand-sized colonies were found at depths to 25 meters and are slightly smaller than the colonies of their closest relative. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the University of Costa Rica have named the coral for Yuri Hooker, biologist and naturalist at the Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University in Lima, Peru. more at smithsonianscience.org
The Children’s Aquarium in Dallas have raised a brood of moon jellyfish on a daily diet of peanut butter, diluted with salt water and squirted into their tank. A bumper brood of baby moon jellies needed feeding and the aquariums breeder had read about shrimps being fed peanut-based protein supplement … and decided to try it with the baby jellies. Other than a developing a slight brown tinge and having a slightly slower growth rate they have done just fine.